|Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott sits on the ice as teammate Chris Kelly, right, skates away from Los Angeles Kings' Brad Richardson as he celebrates the game-winning goal by Michal Handzus. |
A late third period goal by Michal Handzus gave the Los Angeles Kings a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
Handzus scored his ninth goal of the season at 17:21 of the final frame beating Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott with a nifty wraparound for the Kings first win on their current five-game road swing.
Scoreless for more than 57 minutes of play Handzus picked a great time to score for Los Angeles.
The Senators made a late push to tie the score with Jack Johnson getting called for tripping at 18:43 and Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott on the bench for the extra attacker. But Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stood his ground in the final seconds to preserve the victory.
HANDZUS ON THE GAME WINNER
“I didn’t do anything special. “There was less than three minutes remaining in the game. I wanted to get the puck to the net and possibly create a rebound. I knew I was by myself and had to do something positive with the puck. I saw a bit of an opening and the puck went in. It was a huge win for us.”
Handzus now has nine goals on the season after scoring seven all of last year and has goals in two straight games, scoring 2-3=5 over the last five games.
The Kings have now shutout the Senators in their last two games dating back to March 6, 2008 when Los Angeles blanked Ottawa 2-0 at STAPLES Center.
THE WINNING GOALTENDER
Quick made 29 saves for his third career shut-out and eighth win of the season. It was Quick’s second shutout since Dec. 23, 2008 when he closed the door on the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 3-0 Kings win. Quick becomes the first Kings netminder to post three road shutouts since 1978-79, when Rogie Vachon turned the trick. Quick also is the first Kings rookie netminder to post at least three shutouts since Jamie Storr recorded four in 1998-99.
“It’s great to get the shutout but even nicer to get the win,” Quick said. “We had some great penalty kills throughout the game and managed to get a greasy one at the end for the win.”
Quick was strong all game including a breakaway attempt by Chris Kelly midway through the first period.
“I stayed with him and waited until he pulled the puck to his backhander,” explained the Milford, Connecticut native. “After I slid over, there wasn’t much room for him to shoot the puck past me.”
Both teams went 0-5 on the power play. Ottawa outshot Los Angeles, 29-26.
The Kings have now won four of their last five games and head to Washington D.C. for a Thursday night engagement with the Capitals at the Verizon Center.
Los Angeles defeated Washington 5-2 on Nov. 20 at STAPLES Center.
THOUGHTS FROM THE COACH
“At the end of the day you’re always looking for two points, that’s the most important thing and we got that. I thought Ottawa played really well especially in the second period. Their system was clicking for them, they were putting a lot of pressure on us and created a lot of turnovers. Our goaltender Quick had to make several quality saves and let us get reorganized. We had a much better third.”
Murray was aware that the Senators would be desperate team on Tuesday night after firing their head coach Craig Hartsburg on Monday but was more concerned about how his team would play against Ottawa.
“I didn’t say too much about their team, we spoke more about our game. We have a really young hockey club, it’s really important that we review, reassess and evaluate our play on a daily basis. That’s the way we have to approach things if we want to be successful. There’s too much to take care of to complicate and confuse people if we’re going to start talking a lot about the opposing team. We have to get settled in with our own style, become more mature and gain more experience before we start heading down that way.”
Tonight’s shutout was the Kings fifth of the year and most since 2005-06. The three shutouts by Jonathan Quick are the most since Mathieu Garon registered four of his own in the same year. (Kings Shutout History)
Ottawa has not potted a goal against the Kings since Mike Fisher scored at 6:24 into the third period of a 5-1 Senators win at home on Dec. 2, 2005 a span of 133 minutes and 26 seconds of scoreless hockey.
Compiled by Mike Beasley/Special to LA Kings.com